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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does Dr. Dara offer services outside the quarterly membership?
    We do not offer à la carte options or alternative service models. Dr. Dara is exclusively committed to her psychiatric care membership program. This approach enables her to provide personalized, ongoing care, ensuring members receive the dedicated and customized services essential for their mental well-being.
  • How does payment work with Dr. Dara, who is an out-of-network provider?
    Dr. Dara is an out-of-network provider and does not directly bill insurance companies. Payment for services and membership must be made by the patient. You may then seek reimbursement from your insurance based on your out-of-network benefits.
  • What is the payment schedule for Dr. Dara's psychiatric services?
    An initial comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Dara costs $875, payable at your first appointment. The first quarterly membership fee of $475 is billed one-month post-evaluation, with subsequent payments of $475 due every three months from the initial billing date.
  • Does Dr. Dara offer in-person appointments?
    Dr. Dara offers her services remotely, utilizing telepsychiatry through secure video and phone communications to ensure privacy and convenience. This method allows for greater patient flexibility and access, regardless of location.
  • What should I expect from telepsychiatry services?
    Telepsychiatry services include video consultations, phone calls, and secure messaging for convenient access to care.
  • How often are appointments needed for medication management?
    Quarterly appointments with Dr. Dara are essential for managing and renewing prescriptions for psychotropic medications.
  • What does the quarterly membership fee cover?
    The quarterly membership fee, which starts one month after your initial evaluation, includes regular medication management sessions, access to urgent support from Dr. Dara or her assistant, and assistance with brief documentation necessary for employment and academic purposes.
  • How are initial and quarterly fees billed?
    Fees are automatically charged to your stored credit card initially and every 12 weeks, which may align differently with your appointment schedule.
  • What is the cancellation policy for my membership?
    To cancel your membership, submit a written notice at least 30 days before the next billing quarter to avoid charges for the upcoming period.
  • What is the membership renewal process?
    Your membership auto-renews every three months, ensuring continuity of care without any required action - provided your account and payment method are in good standing. The standard quarterly fee of $475 will be billed, subject to change with prior notification. We commit to transparency regarding any pricing or service changes and will inform you well before adjustments. For discussions or questions about renewal, please contact our office beforehand.
  • What is the policy for missed appointments or late cancellations?
    A fee of $150 is applied for missed appointments or cancellations made without at least 48 hours' notice.
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